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Robert Bracken
How do you do this animation in motion
on Nov 16, 2010 at 10:24:26 pm

I wanted to have a line of text swing in from behind a text above it and then come to a rest.
Is there a simple way to do that in motion?


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Gareth Randall
Re: How do you do this animation in motion
on Nov 17, 2010 at 10:51:47 am

There are various ways of achieving the effect, it all depends on exactly what you want it to look like, and only you know that.



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Robert Bracken
Re: How do you do this animation in motion
on Nov 17, 2010 at 2:04:55 pm

Please enlighten me! I want it to act as if the word above it has a hinge and the word I'm trying to animate swings into view and comes to a stop.

Thank you for your help,


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Stephen Smith
Re: How do you do this animation in motion
on Nov 17, 2010 at 3:36:43 pm

You mean like the two words are hooked together and rotate to reveal the other word just like a revolving door?

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Robert Bracken
Re: How do you do this animation in motion
on Nov 17, 2010 at 6:03:20 pm

Imagine if you opened your wallet and your photos started folding out one by one.


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Stephen Smith
Re: How do you do this animation in motion
on Nov 17, 2010 at 6:47:50 pm

The trick here is the Anchor Point. When you rotate the image it rotates around the center of the image. You need to move the anchor point to the bottom of the image. That will cause the rotation to happen at the bottom of the image so it looks as if you are holding a photo vertically against a surface and then let go. Hope this helps and best of luck.

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Robert Bracken
Re: How do you do this animation in motion
on Nov 26, 2010 at 5:46:47 am

Thank you. Anchor points! It was just that simple.now I need to figure out how to move the anchor points.


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Gareth Randall
Re: How do you do this animation in motion
on Nov 17, 2010 at 7:00:38 pm

Do you mean something like this?

Hinge swing demo



I did that in about three minutes using keyframes. The trick is to move the anchor point of the "lower" text layer to the top edge of the word, and then animate the X rotation. You could obviously spend much more time getting it looking more realistic, and you could use behaviours rather than keyframes too.



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Robert Bracken
Re: How do you do this animation in motion
on Dec 1, 2010 at 9:26:36 pm

how did you do that? If you have time can you explain in clearer detail or point me to a youtube video of how to do it? Thank you,


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